Harps in Educational Settings

With drastic cuts in education and the arts, music has suffered greatly. But thanks to parents, teachers and administrators understanding the Seven Intelligences set forth by Howard Gardner in the 1980’s, they encourage their school supporters to add Harp Circles to their schools and after school programs.  

Special Needs

Many of our Rainbow of Sound® facilitators work with individuals and groups with special needs. We invite you to watch this video clip of a remarkable young woman who plays the harp.  

IEPs (Individualized Educational Plans) are often created for students with disabilities, who are required by law to have the IEP when appropriate. Schools that fund a set of harps can add this form of learning to the IEP of a child.

After School Programs

By offering Harp Circles in after school programs, children are gaining musical skills to carry forth into their adult years and finding wholesome activities for after-school hours.   


Harps in Community Settings

Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation Classes

In Windsor, Ontario, seniors meet to exercise using Tai Chi to harp music. LINK

Tai Chi and Harp Circles

Harp and Yoga

One area that people can come together in music-making community is at the end of their yoga or meditation class.  This provides the opportunity to create music after an evening of relaxation. We are developing a set of tunes based on chants, kirtans from different practices.

Intergenerational Groups

One of our practitioners is developing a program where young children learn to play harp and then play for our senior population in assisted living and nursing homes.


Harps in Health Care Facilities

PLEASE NOTE:  We highly recommend
a music therapist, therapeutic harp practitioner or a therapeutically trained facilitator for Rainbow of Sound and Color My World programs in these areas. Graduates of music therapy, therapeutic music programs and the International Harp Therapy Program are prepared in  listening skills, hospital procedures and understanding of medications. Hospital workers can learn to play the harp  for their own de-stress management and pleasure. 

Rehabilitation Units

When working in rehab units, we often alternate between group Harp Circles and individual work usually work with participants in those Circles. This enables the facilitator to tailor the music-making process to the individual and focus on the tasks they are learning to do. After the individual sessions, coming together into a Harp Circle enables them to be a part of a group creating a beautiful piece of music in full harmony.

Harps in NICU

NICU and Women’s Health

When our Certified Harp Therapy Practitioners go into Neo- Intensive Care Units, very often there is chaos with crying babies and beeping machines. When we find the common tone of all the machine sounds and harmonize with those tones, then the babies notice the harmony. More details:

Mothers-in-Waiting and NICU

Mothers-in-waiting confined to long-term bed rest ensuring the healthy development of their babies, enjoy the opportunity to go to the lounge and compose their own baby’s song…   

Children’s Hospitals

Our recent collaboration with the non-profit Institute for Global Transformation will make it possible for donations to be made for harps to be placed in children’s hospitals and for teens learning how to play the harp to receive scholarships towards training for facilitating positions…  

Link to Tinky Timmons Tinky Timmons, a certified therapeutic harp practitioner, arrives on Tuesdays with her instrument slung over her shoulder. Making her way up the elevator to the Intensive Care Step down Unit at Carolinas Medical Center, she quietly enters her first patient room, opens a book of musical selections and begins playing.

The vibrating strings and lilting music echoes down the adjoining corridors and soon patients, family and staff members start to smile and seek out the source of those beautiful sounds. Watch as she shares her gift of healing in the video on the left.